Hoheikyo Dam

Hoheikyo Dam Sapporo

Opening HoursAll day
Shuttle bus hours8:45 - 16:00
Adults ¥620, Children ¥300
NotesPeak spot for autumn leaves viewing
Free parking
Wheelchair access
Toilets available
Location /
Getting There
Jozankei 840-banchisaki, Minami-ku, Sapporo

By car or bus, it's a 1 hour drive from Sapporo
During October, it can take all day to get there!
By car from Jozankei its an 8 minute drive.

Jozan lake

Hoheikyo Dam was constructed in 1972 and stands at 102.5 meters tall. It was built, utilizing Toyohira river, for irrigation, for hydroelectricity and to control flooding. The reservoir created from the dam is called Jozan lake, which is surrounded by forest and high mountains. Located in Shikotsu Toya National park, the dam is in a designated environmental protection area, so cars, motorbikes, and bicycles are not allowed. To get from the car park to the dam there is a hybrid electric bus available, or it’s a 20 minute walk.

Restaurant & lookout

For places to see in Hokkaido, Hoheikyo dam is a beautiful location, and during autumn, it’s a must see! The views of the autumn leaves are spectacular. The dam was voted as one of the top 100 waterside forests, and is also one of the top 100 lake dams as ranked by the Forestry Agency. The floodgates are opened between June and October from 9:00 to 16:00.  There is also a small lookout area above the dam, and for lunch , there is a Jingiskan (mutton) restaurant as well! At the far end of Hoheikyo Dam is a museum with  old photos and information (in Japanese) about the dam. It has a nice place to sit, with amazing views over Jozan lake. 

From the parking lot, to the dam it is about a kilometer.  There is a hybrid electric bus that runs every 10 minutes. The fare (round trip) for adults is ¥620 and ¥300 for children. Children up to 12 years old can ride for free. If you prefer, you can walk this road, which will take about 20 minutes. The road passes through 2 long tunnels but there is a good photo opportunity along the way, looking into the valley. 

WARNING!! To get to the dam requires your own transport or by public bus. The peak season in getting to Hoheikyo Dam is in October (for the stunning Autumn leaves). Getting to the dam from Sapporo will take ALL day during this month on the weekend! If possible, visit the dam during weekdays. Buses are available daily from Sapporo to Jozankei. From Jozankei to the dam, shuttle buses are available.

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Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor. Keen photographer with a love of travel, the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido, Japan. Matt Holloway is a professional photographer and holds exhibitions around Sapporo, Hokkaido and Sydney Australia.